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April comps off to a decent start

First week of April  year-over-year % change

Week ended 4/10 4/17 4/24 5/1 Month Target
*Including chain stores and traditional department stores
Source: Johnson Redbook Index
Department stores* 2.0 2.0 1.3
Discounters 4.1 4.1 3.6
Redbook Index 3.3 3.3 2.8

New York – Running against comparisons to a poor selling environment a year ago, same-store sales rose 3.3% last week, the Johnson Redbook reported today.

Discounters had another strong showing, with comps up 4.1%. Department stores saw an aggregate comp increase of 2.0%.

“The first week of April was satisfactory, and most retailers were running at or somewhat better than plan by the end of the period,” said Catlin Levis, Rebook analyst.

Home furnishings and home-related goods had a good showing, she said, “as buyers geared up for spring home improvement programs.”